Bogus workmen targeting Perth area

Police in Perth are reminding residents to be alert to rogue traders who may attend at your address offering to carry out work, following two incidents of fraud being reported recently.

Police in Perth are reminding residents to be alert to rogue traders who may attend at your address offering to carry out work, following two incidents of fraud being reported recently.

In Coll Place, a bogus workman attended at addresses in the area on the morning of Saturday, November 28 and offered to clean out guttering and drain pipes.

The neighbours were rightly suspicious of the man, who was described as being 20-35-years-old, of slim build, wearing a light coloured shirt, a black short jacket and dark-coloured jeans or trousers.

At one address the man carried out a fraud when he took money from the occupier and failed to carry out the work to clean the gutterings. He returned the next day demanding more money from the occupier and Police were contacted.

Two men aged between 20 and 30-years-old, of slim build wearing dark clothing attended in Allison Crescent on yesterday afternoon (Monday, November 30) also offering to clean and repair guttering at property in the area, they also took money and failed to complete the work.

Rogue traders usually cold-call, offering to make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway. In reality they charge inflated prices for shoddy or often completely unnecessary work.

We do not recommend dealing with cold-callers for property maintenance and repairs to your home and garden areas. Contact your local council to see if they have a Trusted Trader Scheme in your area where you will find a list of accredited trades people.

Criminals who commit doorstep crime are very convincing, believable and take advantage of the most vulnerable / trusting people often in their own homes. Police Scotland works closely with partner agencies to tackle these offenders.

For valuable information on doorstep crime and how you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim visit: http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/campaigns/2015/beat-doorstep-crime

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